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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Position In Advisory Committee
  • Founder
    UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project


  • UCLA
  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
198 Total References
Web References
About Authors + Illustrators for Children: Obama 2012, 26 June 2015 [cached]
Janet Wong Advisory committee Janet ( is a poet whose dream is to have kids all over the country talking with their grandparents and parents about election issues (and even filling out absentee ballots together).
Xlibris AU, 26 May 2014 [cached]
Janet Wong Xlibris AU
Four Questions for Janet Wong
Janet Wong was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Southern and Northern California. During her junior year in college, she lived in France, studying art history at the Universite de Bordeaux. When she returned from France, Janet founded the UCLA Immigrant Children's Art Project, a program focused on teaching refugee children to express themselves through art. Janet graduated from UCLA, summa cum laude, with a BA in History and College Honours. She then obtained her JD from Yale Law School, where she was a director of the Yale Law and Technology Association and worked for New Haven Legal Aid. After practicing corporate and labor law for a few years for GTE and Universal Studios Hollywood, she chose to write for young people instead.
Articles by and about Janet can be found in the Claremont Reading Conference Yearbook, Scholastic's Instructor Magazine, Creative Classroom, Teaching and Learning Literature, California English, Booklinks, and various other teaching journals and newspapers.
Janet Wong, 1 April 2006 [cached]
Featuring Janet Wong Published in California Kids!, July 2004
Janet Wong worked as an attorney for Universal Studios in Hollywood negotiating labor contracts and firing people. But she felt like she was becoming a mean person. "What was most unsettling to me was that it wasn't bothering me anymore," she says. Wong decided it was time to do something more meaningful with her life--perhaps working with children.
However, teaching was not her calling. While attending Yale Law School, she earned some extra money as a substitute teacher. "I was not a good teacher," says Wong.
Wong wrote and read poetry 40 hours per week. The class not only helped hone her skills, it changed her life.
Wong shifted her focus from picture books to poetry, and is now a critically acclaimed children's poet.
" Good Luck Gold is my favorite poetry collection, not because the poems are the best, but because I took the greatest risks," says Wong.
And even though Wong did not give the main character in the story a name, he is based on her son.
Wong writes her picture books and poems from her Medina, Washington home. Her writing schedule is sporadic, subject to the demands of school visits and her eleven-year-old son's extracurricular activities. Wong has learned to treasure these interruptions. Her son's competitive chess playing has not only changed their lives, it was the inspiration for an upcoming book, Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club (McElderry, Fall 2004).
During day-long school visits and writing workshops for children, Wong writes about ten poems while demonstrating poetic techniques. At the same time, she hones her own skills and gives herself a form of enforced practice. Early on she toyed with the idea of assembling her workshop poetry into a collection, but has decided that any attempt to collect the poems for publication "would diminish the exercise quality of them."
School visits also allow Wong to stay in touch with her readers-their language, their habits, their emotions, their reactions. Through her workshops and in the following poem, she encourages them to find their inner poet:
Copyright (c ) 2000 by Janet S. Wong.
Children's Library, 3 Oct 2000 [cached]
Help us celebrate National Poetry Month with children's poet, Janet Wong.Janet will talk about her writing, how she chose writing over her former job as lawyer at Universal Studios in Hollywood, and encourage audience members to write.Registration is requested.
1999 Grants | Norwell Education Foundation, 22 Dec 2014 [cached]
Poet Janet Wong brings poetry alive to school
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